Seriously, how many boxes can one woman tick?
Of course Caroline Winberg is beautiful – in that disarmingly natural, understated-knock-out way that seems particular to the people of Sweden – why else would she be one of the world’s most sought after models of the past 12 years, a Victoria Secret Show veteran, variously the face of D&G, Armani and Ralph Lauren?
But within 30 seconds in her company it becomes clear that – for Caroline at least – that beauty may as well not be in the room. It’s like chatting to the most fun girl in your office, or an old friend you haven’t seen since school.
Or a very good TV presenter. In London to launch the new series of The Face alongside Naomi Campbell and Erin O’Connor, she’s just served as a ‘model mentor’ for the latest series of the Sky Living show.
So gorgeous and charming, but what else? Well, she doesn’t just love football, but chances are she is way, way better at it than you. The only thing that stopped her turning pro as a teenager was being spotted by a model scout.
How to impress a woman like that? Luckily, Caroline agreed to share a few pointers. Clue: it has nothing to do with your keepy-ups...
Do I get a lot of men coming up and talking to me? Yeah it happens. What I don’t like is when they buy me a drink and then hang around like it means we’re dating.
Buy her a drink, then step away. It’s far more interesting and mysterious.
The perfect night out would be going to see Barcelona play at Camp Nou. Then have a beer and a nice dinner. I don’t like the formal, dressing-up, getting-picked-up thing. We don’t do ‘dating’ in Sweden.
I like guys who are funny. You can be so handsome, but so boring.
But I hate guys with bad shoes and jeans. A lot of American guys wear really wide legged jeans and square shoes. Then they come to Sweden and think my friends are gay because they’re wearing ‘really tight jeans’. It’s called ‘fitted’!
I like ungroomed men. The relaxed look. I don’t like fussy guys. Just shower and use deodorant.
I love British guys. Your sense of humour reminds me of where I come from. I think us Northern European types - Swedes, Danes, Brits – all understand each other.
The worst thing a man can be is jealous. I don’t deal well with that. It needs to be fine if we go out with our own friends – whether they’re guys or not.
In a relationship, it’s important to make each other laugh. To give each other freedom, support each other and be proud of each other.
Marriage is not a big deal to me. I come from a big family, so I’d love one of my own. But it’s not my dream to walk down an aisle in a big gown – I do that enough anyway!
Honestly, looks aren’t all that important. If a man is witty and fun to be around, that counts for a lot more.
The Face starts on Sky Living on Monday 30th September at 9pm.